In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 02nd October 2016
MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: Info Edge, Times Internet, Mapmyindia and E2E for their support.
– Patna High Court quashes entry tax levied on e-tailers in Bihar
The Patna High Court has said that the entry tax on ecommerce companies in Bihar is unconstitutional and illegal. A case opposing the entry tax was filed by Flipkart through its logistics subsidiary Instakart. A Flipkart spokesperson confirmed the development. Read it here
– Contrary to reports, WhatsApp will comply with Delhi HC order on user data sharing
Countering media reports, WhatsApp said that it will comply with last week’s Delhi HC ruling which directed it to delete all information/data of users who delete their WhatsApp account by 25th September 2016. The ruling also said that any such data shall not be shared with Facebook. If a user chooses to remain on WhatsApp then the service shall not share data of users collected up till 25th September 2016, the ruling added. Read it here
– Paytm has more offline merchant transactions than online: CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma
We’ve been seeing Paytm stickers coming in offline stores all over, at least in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. In the month of August, Paytm’s offline merchant transactions exceeded online transactions on the platform, CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma (VSS) told MediaNama, and a large part of this has been owing to a change in technology approach by the company. The company claims over half a million offline merchants now. Edited excerpts from MediaNama’s interview with VSS: Read it here. Read it here.
– Changes at Times Internet: Archana Vohra & Puneet Singhvi leave, Avinash Agrawal joins
Changes at the COO level at Times Internet: Archana Vohra (COO, Times Card, Communities and Brandwire) and Puneet Singhvi (COO Times Global Partners) are leaving, Avinash Agrawal has joined, and Miten Sampat has an expanded role.
Sampat, who is Head of Corp Dev at Times Internet has an expanded role as the interim head of Times Global Partners, with Singhvi’s departure. Singhvi leaves TIL after joining it in 2004, having, held multiple roles until he set up Times Global Partners, which is responsible for TIL’s partnerships with international publications. Read it here.
– Google wants more public WiFi partnerships through Google Station
Building on its public WiFi collaboration with RailTel, Google has launched Google Station, a public WiFi platform which allows other venues and locations to become partners with the company to provide high speed Internet.
“We asked ourselves, why stop at railway stations. What if we could bring connectivity to more people? By getting wifi into more alls, bus stops, city centers, cafes, million more will be able to learn and find info they need, not just in India but anywhere,” Caesar Sengupta, vice president for product development said at an event in Delhi. Read it here.
– YouTube ad policy to not monetise ‘inappropriate content’
Last week, YouTube launched YouTube Heroes, a support program for its “particularly active” users who report videos which violate its community guidelines, add captions and subtitles and help other users in Google’s forums.
Earlier this month, the company also shed light on its advertiser-friendly content guidelines which penalizes users who upload videos which it deems “not advertiser friendly.” Videos which violate the guidelines will not be eligible content monetization. Read it here.
– Germany blocks WhatsApp from sharing with Facebook
German data protection authorities ordered WhatsApp to stop sharing users data with its parent Facebook on Tuesday. The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information issued an order to Facebook to cease collecting information of German WhatsApp users and ordered the company to delete all data which was forwarded. Read it here.
– Google Play Music is now live in India; lists both albums and movie tracks
After speculations back in July, Google has silently launched Google Play Music on PC and Android, its streaming and music store service in India. There was no official word on this from the company yet. The development was first spotted by Android Police. Users need to submit either their credit/debit card details to sign up. Note that currently users can only purchase songs via downloads as of now, the streaming feature is yet to be launched. Read it here.
– DoT to fix flat spectrum usage charges at 3%: report
The Department of Telecom will fix spectrum usage charges (SUC) at a flat rate of 3% for the upcoming auctions, according to a report by The New Indian Express. SUC is payable by a telco to the government for providing mobile access services, as a percentage of their Adjusted Gross Revenue. Read it here.
– Apple & Deloitte team up to bring more businesses on iOS
Apple has partnered with Deloitte to create EnterpriseNext, a service which will work with customers in their specific industries to create custom solutions through prototyping. For this, both have developed an ‘Apple practice’ to evaluate a business’ functions including retail, field, recruiting, R&D, inventory management etc. Read it here.